A few things are evident about ESSENCE's Black Women in Hollywood class of 2013: they're driven with purpose, have incredible presence onscreen, and you can always count on them to steal the show. Between them we've counted three Oscar nominations, 11 Emmys and 11 NAACP Image Awards. This year's honorees—Oprah Winfrey, Alfre Woodard, Mara Brock Akil, Gabrielle Union, Naomie Harris and Quvenzhane Wallis—have given us plenty to be proud of onscreen and behind the scenes. Here's some of our favorite moments of these honorees from the big and small screen.
Watch the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood honorees in the Miu Miu ad by Middle of Nowhere director Ava DuVernay.
Pals Gabrielle Union and Tracee Ellis Ross are both celebrating their 40th birthdays this week. Join us in wishing these fab "girlfriends" a happy birthday. Plus, see which other celebs turned 40 in 2012.
Two years after losing her friend to breast cancer, Gabrielle Union writes about the importance of getting screenings.